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Humane & Inhumane Ways of Keeping Mice and Rats Out of the Home

Posted on March 27th, 2014 by Panther Pest Control Team
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If you have a problem with rats or mice in your home, you’ll need to act fast to ensure that they don’t multiply and completely over-ride your house. Both rats and mice breed quickly, carry diseases and can easily become a much bigger problem if not dealt with efficiently. There are various ways of keeping these rodents away from your home and you’ll have to decide if you wish to do it humanely or inhumanely.

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One of the first things you need to do is to block up all holes and entrances where they might be coming into your home. Check even the smallest gap as mice in particular can squeeze through the tiniest of cracks. You can even block up the points of entry using steel wool or cotton wool as it can be difficult for them to chew through. However, larger holes will need proper attention to be filled up. In addition, make sure that all foodstuff are stored in seal-proof containers and no food is left lying around to tempt them to enter. This includes your rubbish bins, both inside and out.

Humane Methods

  • Peppermint Oil: this is a popular way to deter mice and rats in a humane way as they loathe the smell. Drop some of the oil onto cotton wool balls and place them at the points of entry and in areas you think they move around.
  • Ammonia Spray : Mix one cup of ammonia and one cup of vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the places where you last saw mice. It will serve as a deterrent, as the smell is identical to cat urine.
  • Moth Balls: The strong smell of the moth balls will definitely help you get rid of mice. Remember to change the old moth balls with fresh ones every 3 or 4 months.
  • Electronic Unit: this device works by releasing a loud beeping sound that only rats and mice can hear (it will not affect pets in the house). This electronic deterrent, although it might appear expensive initially, will keep rodents at bay.
  • Humane Trap: these can be bought in most hardware shops and allow you to catch the rat or mouse. Basically, the rodents can enter the box but cannot escape it. However, when getting rid of them after they’ve been caught, you must release them at least a mile from your property as they’ll have an uncanny way to find themselves back in your home.
  • Seal Their Entryways: If there are any cracks in the walls, mice and rats could easily squeeze through them. The solution is simple – fill the cracks with materials rats or mice won’t be able to move or scratch through.
  • Get Rid Of Clutter : Cleaning and de-cluttering will help you rid yourself of rodents, as linen, old newspapers and similar items are ideal for their nests.
  • Get A Pet: Getting a cat or a rat terrier will surely scare the daylights out of the rats and they won’t bother you anymore.

Inhumane Methods

  • Poison: using poison to rid your home of this type of vermin should be controlled very carefully as it can potentially be harmful to pets or children. The poison causes internal bleeding and the rodents die in a not very pleasant way!
  • Traps: there are a variety of traps that can be bought: spring, live or glue traps are the most popular. The latter is considered the cruellest due to the fact that it takes up to 3 days for the vermin to die. Decide carefully before choosing this option as you will have to depose of the animal yourself.

If you feel you cannot bring yourself to use any of these methods, humane or otherwise, you might want to consider expert help such as using Panther Pest Controllers who will assist you with your problem. A professional company will decide on the most appropriate method depending on the type of vermin and how bad is your pest infestation.